From now on, I’m only decorated pre-assembled gingerbread houses. The whole house-building process is a little much for me I’ve decided. Partly because I can’t seem to figure out the proper consistency for good house-holding frosting, and partly because I haven’t got the patience to wait while it all dries before I start decorating and then the whole thing crashes to the ground and I’m left with a heap of broken walls to embellish.
It’s all a little embarrassing really when I think about it. I mean, my father was a general contractor. This house-buidling thing should be in my blood, right? Seems to me that I should have a natural ability to do this type of thing but even a house smaller than a cat won’t stay upright if left to me. So like I said, from here on out, I’m only decorating the pre-assembled ones. Or at the very least, the ones that come with that plastic tray with the grooves so it doesn’t fall over while you’re frost-gluing everything in place.
I have to say however, that my frosting icicle sculpting abilities are unparalleled. Absolutely uncanny.
Now Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Mint Brownies, that is something I can put together. For some reason I have patience for these beauties but not gingerbread houses. Well…. I sort of have patience. I have to make sure there are a few extra oreos lying around, otherwise my impatience will leave me with a half pan of stuffed brownies, and a half pan of oreo-less brownies. Mint and chocolate go so well together, but never so wonderfully as when you add oreos to the mix! These brownies are rich and dense, stuffed with oreos, and topped with mint chocolate. You’ll be whipping up a second batch soon after the first has been inhaled!
- 1 cup butter
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 1½ cups sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 12-16 oreos
- 1 cup mint chips
- Optional: additional granulated sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 375. Line an 8x8 inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray, set aside.
- In a medium sauce pan, melt butter of medium heat. Stir in cocoa powder and vanilla. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, sugars, and flour and mix until all ingredients are incorporated and well combined. Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Lay a single layer of oreos side by side on top of batter. Pour remaining batter over oreos and spread evenly. Bake 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
- Melt chocolate chips, then spread over brownies. Sprinkle with optional sugar if desired. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.